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Management Philosophy/Policy

By 1972, THK overcame considerable technical difficulties to develop a method of linear motion (LM) with rolling contact, becoming the world's first company to commercialize LM guides.

Linear motion with roller contact is considerably more efficient than sliding mechanisms, contributing to the rapid advancement of mechatronics equipment capabilities through more advanced functions, higher speeds and greater energy conservation. A wide range of industrial equipment requires linear motion, including machine tools, industrial robots and semiconductor production equipment. Compared with roller bearings, the market for LM guides is still young with high growth potential. With a well-established market demand and substantial market opportunities overseas, the LM guide market is expanding steadily year by year.

THK is the leading manufacturer of LM guides and currently holds market shares of approximately 70% in Japan and more than 50% worldwide. THK is also a company focused on creation and development, holding 713 patents in Japan and 1,328 patents overseas (as of March 31, 2013, including patent pending)

THK has developed and introduced LM guides with Caged Ball TechnologyTM that are making considerable contributions to growth in value added for THK products.

THK intends to continue corporate growth based on its management philosophy of "providing innovative products to the world and staying abreast of new trends to contribute to the creation of an affluent society."

Management Principles

Providing innovative products to the world and generating new trends to contribute to the creation of an affluent society.